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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, June 29, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Make Every Day Count!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The World's Best Tools 
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: With Friends Like This... 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Plan your days and work your plan. Before leaving your
office in the evening, or first thing in the morning,
outline your day. Review your schedule, choose your most
important activities, and FOCUS on them! Every single
morning, I list the three most important things I need to
do that day. They may be work or play or something in
between, but they are my CHOICES and once committed to
them, I don't go to bed until they are done.

2. Welcome Notes

Wow! Last week's article, "Reading for Greatness" generated
an amazing response! We must have received 100 emails
endorsing the joy and power of reading, and many
congratulated me, as if encouraging people to read was a
courageous thing to do. One woman wrote that her teenagers
"are even discouraged from reading in school, told instead
to do research in the Internet!" I certainly hope that's a
rare exception!

You can see last week's article (and other past issues) by visiting:

The other big item this week is our American "Independence
Day", and while our subscribers around the world don't
celebrate July 4th, I certainly hope every subscriber will
join us in honoring the concepts of personal freedom,
personal responsibility, and opportunity for all. As
Americans, we can get caught up in the celebrations and
forget the principles on which our nation is founded.

This week, take a moment to read the Declaration of
Independence and use your freedom of speech to write a
letter to your newspaper or elected representative. Speak
up, and use the freedoms that were purchased for us as
great price.

Finally, a brief business item: Dozens of people responded
to my endorsement of the 'Think Right Now' programs,
particularly for help to quit smoking, healthy eating and
exercise, and reaching your goals! Those links are: to Quit Smoking  to Eat well to achieve your Goals!

3:  Make Every Day Count!

The difference between extraordinary performance and run-of-
the-mill performance is often found in the "little things".
We know that education, intelligence, wealth, even
personality do not explain the difference between high
achievement and failure. Those things aren't even close!

What we know is that highly successful people use better,
smarter, more effective strategies.

There is only a slight difference between landing a plane
safely and crashing into the end of the runway, but that
slight difference is the difference between life and death.
In achieving your goals and creating the life you truly want,
it's the small differences that will ultimately determine
your long-term results.

High achievers know the value of an effective strategy.
Highly successful people constantly review their strategies
and measure their results to see if they are "on course".
Are they getting what they want? Are they making progress?
At the end of the day, is it working?

In my opinion, the most important difference between
success and failure has less to do with talent, education,
resources or "luck" than it has to do with following an
efficient strategy.

I have identified about a dozen key strategies in high
achievers, and we'll be reviewing them over the next few
months in TIPS, but the first and most fundamental strategy
is that high achievers MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT!

Several years ago, I heard about a group for cancer
survivors called "Make Today Count" and that helped me
recognize this strategy when I saw it in my most successful
clients. They focus their time, they plan their days, they
do "first things first" and they GET THINGS DONE. No

In his excellent book, "Thinking for A Change", John
Maxwell details his strategies for organizing his work a
month in advance and reviewing again at the start of each
day. He is a master of planning and making every day count!

I do not believe it is necessary to work extremely long
hours, or to work extremely hard. Often, we can achieve a
full day's RESULTS with just one action, if it is the RIGHT
action at the right time, done in the right way. High
achievers do the right things, at the right time, and they
do them every day.

Some days they take "off" and rest. When they play, they
play all-out. Some days they work, and when they work, they
work full-speed-ahead. The point is that each and every
day, they make progress, they get something done. They move
toward their most important goals.

Most people rush through life. We are all busy, but are we
really getting anywhere? Is all that energy and activity
moving us forward? With high achievers, day by day, the
answer is always an emphatic YES!

Plan your days and work your plan. Before leaving your
office in the evening, or first thing in the morning,
outline your day. Review your schedule, choose your most
important activities, and FOCUS on them! Every single
morning, I list the three most important things I need to
do that day. They may be work or play or something in
between, but they are my CHOICES and once committed to
them, I don't go to bed until they are done.

The first strategy of high achievers is to focus on the
things they can control, starting with making each and

4. Quotes of the Week

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that
your strength lies."
                                     -- Mother Teresa

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing
to be achieved."
                                     -- Jeremy Kitson

"We don't know who we are until we see what we can do."
                                     -- Martha Grimes

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the
whole staircase, just take the first step."
                                     -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

5. Strictly Business:  The World's Best Tools

This week I was talking with a colleague about technology
and computers, and told her about my policy of replacing
our office computers every 18 months, or sooner. She
exclaimed that she couldn't afford that, and my comment was
that I couldn't afford not to.

The rule is that the most productive workers, and
ultimately the most successful people, always have the best
tools. Period.

To earn more, you must know and produce more, and that
requires better tools. For most of us, our key tools are
our knowledge, our computers, and the colleagues we
associate with every day.

1. That means you must learn more. Continuous learning is a
must. Brian Tracy points out that if you read one book per
week, in ten years you will have read 500 books, and then
he asks this question: "Would reading 500 books give you
an edge over your competitors, knowing that most people
never read at all?" I think the answer is obvious.

2. It means investing in the best equipment. I replace our
computers because I do not want "down time". I replace them
as insurance against failed hard drives and burned out
chips. I replace them (and up-grade our software) because I
trust Murphy's Law that if systems CAN fail, they WILL
fail, and at the worst possible moment. I want our office
to be a "problem-free zone" where we work without
frustration or distraction. Get good equipment.

3. Expand your network. There is great truth that "it's who
you know that counts". My network of amazing people have
the answers to almost any question, they assist me, and
they support my clients. It's the network that provides me
with what I need, when I need it, virtually every time.

To earn more, get better tools.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1 “Think Right Now”
Technology to Reach Your Goals & Change Your Life

In the past, dozens of systems have promised to make goal-
setting effortless, and most don’t work. In the end,
changing your life requires that you…make changes! (Like,
duh!) Fortunately, psychology’s understanding of how change
can be positive and powerful (some changes are FUN!) has
improved dramatically, and “Think Right Now” has taken
advantage of these insights.

I have been using TRN tapes with clients, and their quit-
smoking, healthy diet, sales, and goal-setting tapes have
worked WONDERS! (I have no personal knowledge of their
other tapes, but assume they are just as effective.) If you
are serious about quitting smoking, eating healthier, or
increasing your sales results, I urge you to give these a
try! They really work!

Quit Smoking Now!

Eat Healthier – Be Healthier!

If you are in the “sales game” and want to dramatically
increase your sales results, I strongly urge you to buy,
listen and USE this information:

Set and Achieve Your Goals!
Life is a goal-focused activity, whether your goal is
sitting on the couch or achieving happiness. Let the TRN
system help you achieve more!

#2 Transform Your Life!
The Sedona Method

People ask me how to 'really explode my success and change
my life', and after telling them there is no magic bullet,
I refer them to The Sedona Method(tm). This series of tapes
and workbooks is, without doubt, the MOST successful,
thorough and powerful program for taking charge of your
life that I have ever seen. I wish I had written it! You
can get a FREE tape to sample the program, and for goodness
sake, sign up for their free newsletter! Their simple
observation that, 'Happiness is free' opened my eyes and
was the beginning of a remarkable journey. Very powerful!

The program is not simple or cheap - you expected a quick
pill? It is comprehensive, orderly, and effective. Both
Mary and I have used it, and it works! Highly recommended!

#3 The One Minute Millionaire
An 'Almost FREE!' book, CD & Teleclass

This is one of the most impressive books and concepts I've
ever seen. The more I see the impact it's had on my
clients, the more enthused I become! Please, do yourself a
favor and buy the CD (for $11.95) and get the book and
the classes free! They don't even charge for shipping! This
truly is a magnificent deal and the two-books-in-one
concept is sheer genius. Do yourself a favor, buy this, and
buy one for a friend. Every teenager should be REQUIRED
to read it in high school - It's that good!

#4 Add e-Commerce to Your Current Website!
(Passive income is a GOOD thing!)

I'm a 'raving fan' of this system that makes it EASY to
sell my tapes, register people for my classes, and create
my affiliate program, and you can use the system FREE for
30 days! Don Schnure has an amazing 'system' for helping me
make money with my website and newsletter, without having
to be a techno-wizard. I use the shopping cart, the
affiliate program (took less than an hour to set up!), and
the broadcast modules. It's so cool! If you have a website,
you NEED this set of tools to make it pay for itself, and
become a profit center for you!

7. Humor:   With Friends Like This... 

After I lost my collection of thousands of quips and
humorous bloopers, many of you have been kind enough to
send me replacements, and I really appreciate that! I love
word-play that makes me chuckle, and I enjoy sharing fresh
stuff with you every week. Please send laughs to:  Thanks!

Paul Vogt often sends chuckles and groans my way, and he
was kind enough (what are friends for?) to send me this
recently. Enjoy!

Your money

It can buy a Bed, but not Sleep.
It can buy a Clock, but not Time.
It can buy you a Book, but not Knowledge.
It can buy you a Position, but not Respect.
It can buy you Medicine, but not Health.
It can buy you Blood, but not Life.
It can buy you Sex, but not Love

So you see, money isn't everything. And it often causes
pain and suffering. I tell you this because I am your
Friend, and as a Friend I want to take away your pain and
suffering. So send me all your money and I will suffer
for you. Cash is fine. You know where I live.


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
Resources for Success!
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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